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I had ‘em on in the background (I got some deadlines stacked up so I was working). I thought Jon Stewart wrote some funny material but at times he was too low energy and at times the audience didn’t connect with him (in Hollywood, I blame the audience).

As for the Clooney business, I don’t mind him talking about sticking to his principles, blah, blah, blah. But there’s something a bit odd about striking a proudly rebellious pose when you admit to holding views and taking positions which confirm the biases of everyone you know, work with and admire, and earn praise from every elite establishment organ in America. Standing proudly by the fact that you agree with Hollywood to the applause of Katie Couric and the New York Times isn’t exactly the stuff of a Profiles in Courage Award. Oh, wait, it actually is.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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